Posts Tagged ‘belmont’

Yet Another Delay for Telsa Motors – Model S Coming in 850 Days or So, Maybe

Friday, January 15th, 2010

San Mateo County’s famous all-electric Telsa Motors seems to have yet another problem these days. Tesla 20% Founder and CEO Elon Musk is now saying he expects to launch the Model S sedan “within two and a half years.” 

So what’s that, the third quarter of 2012?

O.K., but this is what the Tesla website shows currently - it goes, “Deliveries start 2011.” See? 

Would you consider that a delay? Others do.

But weren’t these cars supposed to be running around already? Yes:

“Tesla is building an assembly plant in Albuquerque, N.M., which is slotted for completion by the end of 2008. The company says it plans to build 10,000 WhiteStar sedans annually starting in 2009.” 

That’s what you can expect from Tesla, aka Government Motors West.

San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Out of the more than two dozen vehicles (there are others around the corner where the street goes left) parked on this bricked-up San Francisco street, how many were made in the United States?

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The answer: Zero percent. What about that big old Chrysler Town & Country minivan you say? Ooops, it was made in Canada, eh.

Hey, did you know that Canada is considered to be part of the United States when determining the “domestic” content of cars? Let’s see what U.S. Code TITLE 49 > SUBTITLE VI > PART C > CHAPTER 323 > § 32304 Passenger motor vehicle country of origin ­labeling has to say:

“6. ‘foreign content’ means passenger motor vehicle equipment that is not of United States/Canadian origin.”

It’s like Canada is the 51st State of America, or something. How convenient.

But hey, what aboot Mexico, eh? They make cars too? Yes, but no matter, Mexicans are foreigners and Canadians are Americans, under da law.

But what about Buying Local, isn’t belief in the wisdom of buying local a kind of San Francisco religion or something?

Well, yes it is a kind of religion, but it doesn’t apply to vehicles, manifestly. San Franciscans’ vehicles need to come from far-off locations like the Black Forest or Scandinavia or Toyota City.

But what about supporting unions, are these cars union-made? Well, the German ones most likely are, some other ones aren’t and the Japanese ones are made by so-called “union” workers.

All right, here’s your bonus question. Which vehicle is most likely to be on the road in 30 years? The Land Cruiser of course. It’s 100% made in Japan and the fact that it wasn’t in-style when it was made means that it won’t go out of style in the coming years.

This concludes San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?